At Viachem, we have joined the fight to end animal cruelty by supporting The Humane Society, and we are sending proceeds from every order we receive in Q3 to this national organization. Our Technical Sales Specialist, Sydney Wheeler, first connected us to the cause, and in an exclusive interview, she shares her heart and support for this organization.
1. What attracted you to this cause?
I’ve known about The Humane Society for at least a decade, through my interest in animal advocacy. I love animals and think they should be treated with compassion and empathy, so this organization’s mission is very meaningful to me.
2. How does The Humane Society help animals across the country?
This organization works to stop large-scale cruelties such as animal fighting, puppy mills, factory farming, and the wildlife trade by focusing on national-level issues like ending the puppy mill industry, strengthening cruelty laws and eliminating large-scale animal abuses. They also spearhead campaigns and run programs designed to ease the burden on local shelter groups. One example is the Shelter Pet Project, which encourages people to adopt from shelters and rescues instead of purchasing animals from breeders or pet stores that get their animals from puppy mills and similar businesses.
The Humane Society is also committed to achieving an end to the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals and works ceaselessly to help shelters reduce the need for euthanasia, all while striving to identify and address the root causes of pet homelessness through puppy mill work, Pets for Life, and other initiatives.
3. What inspired you to connect this organization with Viachem?
I love that this organization is trying to make changes at the roots of these problems. In addition to the ‘boots on the ground’ action they take, they provide resources for under-resourced shelters/organizations and take broad, political action to make systemic changes. I wanted to spread the word to others who may not have known about this organization!
4. What would you say to someone considering getting involved?
If monetary donations aren’t feasible for you, you can make a huge difference just volunteering at your local animal shelter or joining a local group that aims to help animals!
5. How has the Humane Society changed you?
This organization has made me much more conscious of what small changes can make. I think we should all try to do our part – as small of an effect as it may seem. Throughout the years, I’ve fostered 9 dogs and rescued 6 dogs and 1 blind cat! I’ve also been a vegetarian for 19 years, which is estimated to save around 100 animals per year and also has a huge impact on the environment, as animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change.